Kalitta 737 freighter involved in Rochester runway incident

A Boeing 737-400 Special Freighter operated by Kalitta Charters II ran off a Rochester, New York runway following a rejected takeoff on 5 June, coming to stop on grass beside the runway.

A Boeing 737-400 Special Freighter operated by Kalitta Charters II ran off a Rochester, New York runway following a rejected take-off on 5 June, coming to stop on grass beside the runway.

None of the three people aboard the aircraft were injured in the incident, which occurred at about 09:55 local time, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is assessing the incident.

The jet was taking off from Rochester for a flight to Hartford Bradley International airport. Following the rejected take-off, the 737 came to a stop on the left side of Rochester’s Runway 22, the NTSB says.

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Source: Greater Rochester International airport

The Kalitta Charters II Boeing 737-400 Special Freighter ran off the runway at Greater Rochester International airport in New York on 5 June 2020.

Due to the aircraft’s location, the Greater Rochester International airport closed both its prime runways – 10-28 and 04-22. The airport has since reopened one runway.

Few details are known about the cause of the incident, which involved a 28-year-old 737 (registration N733CK) painted in the colours of express package delivery company DHL.

However, the Rochester Airport Firefighters union tweeted, “According to scanner audio, aircraft experienced a mechanical issue before veering off the runway”.

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Source: Rochester Airport Firefighters Union

A Boeing 737-400 Special Freighter operated by Kalitta Charters II came to rest on grass prior to takeoff at Greater Rochester International airport in New York on 5 June 2020.

The jet had arrived at Rochester at 08:35 that morning from Cincinnati, according to Flightaware.com.

Neither Kalitta Charters II or the Federal Aviation Administration responded to requests for more information.

Boeing delivered the 737-400 new as a passenger aircraft to British Airways in 1992. In 2017, Kalitta acquired the jet and converted it to the freighter configuration.